Veterinarians at Washington State University are urging residents to call wildlife rehabilitators before intervening when coming across orphaned or injured wildlife.
Dr. Marcie Logsdon, an exotics veterinarian at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, said it is easy to mistake a healthy baby for one that may be orphaned or injured.
She said calling ahead allows a wildlife rehabilitator the chance to assess the situation and walk the good Samaritan through the process to ensure the animal needs veterinary care. It also provides an opportunity to discuss how to safely handle the animal in question.
Through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website anyone in the state can locate the nearest licensed wildlife rehabilitator. You can also call WSU’s wildlife department at (509) 335-0711.